For the average android user, the Play store app is the one stop shop app for all android applications.To some of us, an android phone without Play store would seem defective, seeing as the app has become part and parcel of the android ecosystem. Little do we know that there are over 15 different android app stores and there are more ways to get android apps than using Google’s Play store.
Sometime last year, Huawei – Chinese mobile manufacturer was banned from using Google’s services and ever since then, there have been attempts by Huawei to be completely independent of Google’s provision. The ban by the US was primarily targeted on Huawei but other Chinese mobile manufacturers took it upon themselves to also brace for impact.
Consequently, China’s Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously, in a move analysts say is meant to challenge the dominance of Google’s Play store.
They are calling it the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). The official description of the alliance according to their website is as follows.
The Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA) is committed to providing one-stop services including content distribution, development support, marketing operation, brand promotion and traffic monetization to global developers . These services help developers improve their brand awareness, and obtain a large number of high-quality users and traffic monetization. Our services have covered nine countries and regions such as India, Indonesia, Russia, and Malaysia. GDSA is looking forward to working with extraordinary developers to move forward together and achieve win-win cooperation.
The GDSA might be able to lure some app developers by providing more exposure than the already crowded Play store, and the new platform could provide better monetary incentives for developers.